Surprising Reasons This Younger Generation Wants to Keep Their Gun Rights (Despite School Shootings)

The United States has a gun violence problem and no matter who you ask, an easy solution has yet to present itself. America experiences more gun-related deaths than any other developed country in the entire world, and it is largely due to the fact that citizens of the U.S. are packing more guns than any other country on the globe.

In the heat of the March for Our Lives protest, Generation Columbine persists in making waves in the fight against the NRA, corrupt politicians, and the legislation surrounding the access to firearms. Yet, another chunk of Generation Columbine does not see eye-to-eye with the youth who marched on Washington D.C. In fact, they plan to keep their gun rights. These are the surprising reasons part the uprising generation wants to keep their gun rights, despite school shootings.

1. In their eyes, guns do not always represent danger

a display of assault rifles on a wood wall beneath an American flag

Guns don’t represent danger for them. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Yes, guns in the wrong places — like schools and the workplace — represent a potentially dangerous environment for the public and bystanders. But not everyone believes that guns are always in the wrong places. For those who value and respect the freedom to bear arms, possessing a firearm is part of the fabric in which their lives have been woven. Placing higher emphasis on keeping schools safe with metal detectors and a law enforcement presence feels like a better solution.

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2. Instead, guns represent “safety, discipline, and trust”

a child tries out an assault rifle against a red display with guns

It makes them feel safe. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

So what do guns represent if not a dangerous environment? For many, in both younger and older generations, the privilege of bearing arms has deeply rooted values of “safety, discipline, and trust.” While a huge chunk Generation Columbine marched in protest, the other side is steadfast in their respect of firearms. For these individuals, being around guns provides the rare opportunity to practice safe, focused, and intense discipline, while fully trusting oneself to make clear and concise decisions.

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3. They live a different way of life

Hunting shotguns on haystack during sunrise in expectation of hunt

It’s a different life in rural America. | splendens/iStock/Getty Images

The rural communities of the United States simply live a different lifestyle than that of city-dwellers. Packing a sidearm whilst running errands in the city is frowned upon. But in the “country,” packing your Glock for a quick run to the hardware store is a habit. According to Pew, 47 percent rural community residents owned firearms well before the age of 18.

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4. They are the 4-H Club members

Teens parading cattle during 4-H event at the Iowa State fair

It’s common for them to train in riflery. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Students pledge their head, hearts, hands, and health in 4-H club. And it is members of 4-H who go on to become our farmers and leaders in all things agriculture. Besides agriculture, members also have the opportunity to train in riflery, in addition to other shooting sports that are even showcased in the Olympics.

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5. Gun-related sports empower this generation

Girl shooting a gun during the olympics

It’s an Olympic event after all. | Lars Baron/Getty Images

17-year-old Cheyenne Dalton is a two-time champion in competitive gun sports. She has experienced great success in the 3-Gun competition, which requires athletes to complete an obstacle course while shooting a handgun, shotgun, and an AR-15. But Dalton’s love for gun-related sports is just one part of her life, as she is a mandolin player in her very own bluegrass band. Dalton looks forward to one day working in the firearm industry.

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6. Guns are gifts

nra annual meeting

It’s been normalized for years. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Ralphie was not the only child receiving a Red Ryder BB gun on Christmas morning. In fact, when Daisy Outdoor Products started producing Red Ryder’s back in 1938, popularity for the “toy gun” took off — even more so post-A Christmas Story‘s 1983 premiere. Guns have topped Christmas lists all over the nation for decades, despite mass shootings.

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7. It’s a family affair

Kids looking at guns at NRA Annual Meeting And Exhibits

It’s a bonding experience for rural families. | Chris Livingston/Getty Images

People spend time with their families in many different ways. While some families prefer a Sunday brunch or a hike, other families spend quality time together by shooting guns. Holidays are not holidays unless Grandpa pulls out the arsenal for the grandkids to shoot skeet. It may seem unconventional to the more modern family dynamic, but for families growing up in rural communities, shooting is bonding.

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